BBC begins open-source streaming challenge: Dirac

August 13th, 2004

BBC begins open-source streaming challenge: "The BBC is quietly preparing a challenge to Microsoft and other companies jostling to reap revenues from video streams. It is developing code-decode (codec) software called Dirac in an open-source project aimed at providing a royalty-free way to distribute video .

The sums at stake are potentially huge because the software industry insists on payment per viewer, per hour of encoded content.

Microsoft Research | A Slice of Time and Space

August 13th, 2004

A Slice of Time and Space: "Cohen and his colleagues have invented a way to turn digital video into an animated cartoon. They've also developed techniques to combine animation with a still picture, which is what allowed Cohen's daughter to 'play' in her painting.

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | the vloggers

August 8th, 2004

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Forget the bloggers, it's the vloggers showing the way on the internet:

"Mr Bouwman is the vanguard of the latest internet trend: video logging or vlogging. One step up from the now familiar internet blogger, vloggers upload personal video clips of everything from the US Democratic convention to what they had for their tea, via rants about tax rises and conspiracy theories.

Microsoft’s Longhorn: “Microsoft Reinvents Desktop…

July 31st, 2004

Microsoft's Longhorn: "Microsoft Reinvents Desktop Graphics in Windows Longhorn

From games to the desktop itself, 3D graphics will be everywhere in the new Windows Longhorn OS. Take a sneak peek at Microsoft's forthcoming WGF architecture that will make it happen.

BW Online | June 21, 2004 | Big Bang!: “Within the…

June 15th, 2004

BW Online | June 21, 2004 | Big Bang!:

"Within the next five years, industry analysts say, practically every machine in the wide realm of communications -- every gadget that sings, talks, beams images, or messages -- will sport a powerful computer and a network connection.

Nokia releases ‘moblog’ camera phone | CNET News

June 3rd, 2004

Nokia releases 'moblog' camera phone | CNET News.com:

"Nokia has begun shipping a camera phone with video-editing and mobile-blogging features in Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

The phone maker said its 7610 phone can capture, edit, store, print and send pictures and videos.

Microsoft releases Media Player beta | CNET News

June 2nd, 2004

Microsoft releases Media Player beta | CNET News.com: "As previously reported, the revamped Windows Media Player 10, which will be released in final form to the consumer market later this year, contains substantial changes to the way music, videos and other media can be organized and retrieved.

NTT DoCoMo’s 4G Test Results in 300Mbps Data Rate

June 1st, 2004

NTT DoCoMo's 4G Test Results in 300Mbps Data Rate in Moving Car: "The company said that the test achieved a maximum downstream data rate of 300Mbps with an average rate of 135Mbps in a car running at the speed of 30 kilometers per hour in areas 800m to 1km away from the 4G wireless base stations.